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Hungry for Change? Start with a Detox this Weekend

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The New Year brings opportunity to make changes to your lifestyle, and what better change to implement than to eat better?  There’s a great new educational film called Hungry for Change that provides both the why and the how for eating healthier.  It exposes the truth about the diet industry and the dangers of food addictions, and enables you to take charge of your health and strengthen your mind and body.

Get your copy of Hungry for Change

 

The folks the produced the film have shared some great actionable plans to help people get started, including a 3 day detox program that you can implement on a weekend – why not start this weekend?  Here’s an overview of the program.

Day 1, 2 & 3

  • UPON RISING – Ginger Lemon Detox Drink
  • BREAKFAST – Super Detox Green Juice (or optional Super Simple Green Drink)
  • MID MORNING SNACK – Cucumber, Celery & Carrot Sticks
  • LUNCH – Sushi Salad (or optional green salad)
  • AFTERNOON SNACK – Activated almonds
  • DINNER – Potassium Balance Soup
  • DESSERT – Chia Pudding
  • AFTER DINNER – Calming Chamomile Tea

You can get the details for this three day detox program, including recipes and helpful educational info, on the Hungry for Change website.

To help get this extremely helpful video into the hands of as many people as possible, we’re offering Hungry for Change for only $20 for a limited time.  That’s a 43% discount!

Hungry For Change movie

Get your copy of Hungry for Change today!

 

Gardening Book Recommendations

 

The holidays are a time that many people use for reading and planning what they’re going to read in the new year.  So I thought I would share some of the books with you that are favorites on my bookshelf and some recommended by guests on our Food Leaders Webinar Series.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

 

Farm Anatomy by Julie Rothman

Farm Anatomy by Julie Rothman

This is one of the newest books I’ve just discovered, and is perfect for anyone what wants to teach children about farming, gardening and animal husbandry.  The illustrations are absolutely fantastic and it makes a great coffee table book!

 

Born Again Dirt by Noah Sanders

Born Again Dirt

Noah is a young farmer who is seeking to apply the Bible’s wisdom to his farming and family lifestyle. He provides a great lens through which to view any agrarian pursuit with a goal of glorifying God, whether it’s how you treat your soil or raise chickens.  Also, be sure to watch the recording of Noah’s webinar if you haven’t seen it yet.

 

Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman

The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman is the recognized expert in year round gardening. Likely because he grows his market crops off-season.  In the winter.  In Maine.  This is the best book if you want to implement season extension for your garden.

 

Small Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery

Backyard chickens are making a comeback. They are the ultimate food waste disposal tools and provide fresh eggs and compost for your garden. This is by all accounts the best guide to raising chickens and other fowl.

 

Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

Rodale is a long-time standard in publishing great gardening resources, and I’ve used their big reference books for years. This Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening is one of the latest that needs to be in every gardener’s library.

 

Health for Godly Generations by Renee DeGroot

Health for Godly Generations by Renee DeGroot

One of the most important aspects of leading a healthy lifestyle is to put first things first.  Renee DeGroot provides good food for thought about how the Bible provides guidance for healthy living and food preparation. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to watch the recording of our webinar with Renee.

 

What do you think? What are your favorite books on gardening and backyard farming?  Let us know in the comments.

Support Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday, so I wanted to take a minute to encourage you to make an effort to support small businesses – in your local area as well as those businesses that are doing things that you agree with and support.  And please try to do this throughout the year, not just on Small Business Saturday.

Remember, your local farmer is a small business owner – in one of the most demanding industries where success is elusive.  Making an effort to shop local for food – whether direct from a farmer or through a food co-op or buying club – will do a lot to support your local economy and the families of hard-working farmers.

Localization is really a larger effort – one that is essential to solving many of the problems that face the American economy.  With too much centralization of large corporations and government at all levels that support it, small businesses and local economies face a steep uphill battle to survive and thrive in the months and years ahead.

But buying local and small on purpose is a way to do what you can, with what you have control over – your purchases – to strengthen your local economy and help your neighbors by keeping commerce close to home.

Finally, I’d like to remind you that True Food Solutions is a small family business.  We’re an online community for people like you that care about real food and gret health, but the work to build and support that community is done by my family with help from some other small family businesses.

If you’d like to help support our efforts to build community and develop real food solutions to the food crisis we’re facing, you can do so by buying some of the great resources in the True Food Solutions store, which are on sale this weekend for 30% off – our best price of the year.

As I discussed last month in my webinar on the True Food Action Plan, the biggest changes that can be made in our food system and your health start with you.  (By the way, I highly recommend you review all of our webinar resource pages, which provide links to great resources focused on the topic of the webinar).

The foundation of these changes in your life is education – gaining the knowledge of real food solutions and the wisdom of how to implement them.  Knowing is not enough, thoughAction is required.  Often, the first action that you need to take is acting to gain the knowledge needed to know what to do next.

So with that thought in mind, I’d like to offer the resources in the True Food Solutions store to you as a help in this process.  And to make it easier for you to act, I’m going to offer our best discount of the year – 30% off everything in our store, now through Monday night.

To get this fantastic 30% off savings, use coupon code ‘Thanksgiving’ at checkout.

 

Here are some of my favorite resources:


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You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise by Joel Salatin

For farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities. More Info »

Price: $35.00$28.00

by
Jason Matyas

The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer by Joel Salatin

The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer by Joel Salatin

The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer by Joel Salatin

Foodies and environmentally minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from Salatin’s half-century as a “lunatic” farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional. More Info »

Price: $25.00$19.00

by
Jason Matyas

Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin

Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin

Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin

This is THE book on the biggest small scale farming opportunity available today, according to author Joel Salatin. A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future. More Info »

Price: $35.00$28.00

by
Jason Matyas

Inherit the Land

Inherit The Land: Adventures in the Agrarian Journey

Inherit The Land: Adventures in the Agrarian Journey

Inherit the Land: Adventures in the Agrarian Journey will cast a vision for your family by providing an introductory look at the blessings found when families work in an agrarian lifestyle. We’ve traveled across the US and captured stories of families experiencing the joy of working in God’s creation. More Info »

Price: $20.00$17.00
Out of Stock

by
Jason Matyas

Homestead Blessings: The Complete Eleven Pack – Hosted by the West Ladies

Homestead Blessings 11 Pack

Homestead Blessings 11 Pack

The Homestead Blessings Collection is now available with eleven DVDs included in this complete series pack. This wonderful new complete set is sure to provide hours of fun and useful instruction. The set includes The Art of Bread Making, Candle Making, Soap Making, Canning, Gardening, Herbs, Cooking, Dairy, Sewing, Quilting, Crafting. More Info »

Price: $180.00$140.00

by
Jason Matyas

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food by Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven is written by an honest-to-goodness-dirt-under-the-fingernails, optimistic clean good farmer. It has an overriding objective of encouraging every food buyer to embrace the notion that menus are a conscious decision, creating the next generation’s world one bite at a time. More Info »

Price: $17.95$15.00

by
Jason Matyas

Health for Godly Generations: A Reformational Perspective

Health for Godly Generations book cover

Health for Godly Generations by Renee DeGroot

God’s creation and Christian culture are inextricably related. Food, vital for sustenance, is a link between those two realities. The components of diet and lifestyle will either preserve or destroy nature and culture. Cuisine affects health—and more broadly, the world. Deliberate decisions today will shape the strength of Christian families, the endurance of Western culture, and the integrity of the natural environment for decades to come. More Info »

Price: $19.00

by
Jason Matyas

Genetic Roulette Movie – The Gamble of our Lives

Genetic-Roulette-DVD

Genetic Roulette movie

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology. Genetic Roulette provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, but also offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. More Info »

Price: $20.00

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Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm

Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm

Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm

This hands-on how-to video is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in gaining more self-reliance in the area of food. Producer and director Marjory Wildcraft is a nationally recognized expert in organic backyard food production. Marjory teaches people with no gardening or agricultural experience how to successfully grow healthy, vibrant, life-giving nutritious food. More Info »

Price: $94.00$59.95

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Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin (Hardback)

Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin (Hardback)

Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin (Hardback)

From farmer Joel Salatin’s point of view, life in the 21st century just ain’t normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact. More Info »

Price: $25.99$20.00

by
Jason Matyas

Farmageddon

Farmageddon homepage slide

Farmageddon homepage slide

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why. More Info »

Price: $25.00$20.00

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Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament by Joel Salatin

Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament by Joel Salatin

Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament by Joel Salatin

Saving the landscape, rebuilding entrepreneurial rural families, and protecting nutritious food are the themes of this timeless treatise-hence the word “testament.” Delving into the soul of the Salatin family’s nationally acclaimed Polyface Farm, author Joel Salatin offers Family Friendly Farming as the key to dealing with resource issues, food policy, and social fabric. More Info »

Price: $35.00$29.00

by
Jason Matyas

Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin

Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin

Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin

Drawing upon 40 years’ experience as an ecological farmer and marketer, Joel Salatin explains with humor and passion why Americans do not have the freedom to choose the food they purchase and eat. Salatin’s expert insight explains why local food is expensive and difficult to find and will illuminate for the reader a deeper understanding of the industrial food complex. More Info »

Price: $23.95$19.00
Out of Stock

by
Jason Matyas

Born Again Dirt

Born Again Dirt

Born Again Dirt

In Born Again Dirt, Noah Sanders encourages Christian farmers to evaluate their farming methods in light of Scripture. This book looks at various Biblical principles related to agriculture and provides examples of practical application. More Info »

Price: $15.00

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Back to Eden

back-to-eden

back-to-eden

BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. More Info »

Price: $20.00$15.00

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The Ultimate Compost Turner (Yes, it’s a Power Tool!)

 

fresh compost

Composting.  It's one of the most wonderful and mysterious processes in God's creation.  A sign of our mortality and yet a giver of life.  The deep thoughts could continue for a while, but you want to know about power tools, right?

So if you've ever used the traditional method of turning compost with a garden fork, you were one of the fastest to click through on this post, because you know what difficult, back-breaking work it is, and how ineffective it can be (unless your pile is rather shallow).  I've got good news!  Save the fork for turning soil in the garden.

Garden auger AKA Yard Butler

Enter… the Garden Auger!  This simple attachment (AKA the "Yard Butler") is a 2-3 foot long rod with an auger screw on the end that fits most 3/8" or larger electric drills.  While it is ostensibly designed for digging holes for planting bulbs or spot tilling around plants, I think that it's most powerful application is for turning compost.

Garden auger on drill

Rather than using your arms for leverage to lift heavy wet organic material, let the beauty of a strong cordless drill with a garden auger attached do a better job of mixing your compost with much less work.  Not only will it be easier, but it will mix between layers of compost in a way probably unattainable by any other method.

Garden auger compost turning

Important to note: the resistance of the compost material will create a high-torque rotation that you will have to counter, so I highly recommend using a drill with a second handle attachment to gain the leverage needed to keep the beast in line.

If you're not already convinced about the supremacy of this Tantalizing Tool of Torque for Turning your compost, consider this: I was able to mix two compost bins in about 10-15 minutes total.  Turning by hand with a garden fork would take at least twice and long and wouldn't do half the job in terms of quality.

So what are you waiting for? Order your garden auger today!  While you're at it, order an extra one or two to give as gifts – it's some of the best money you can spend in garden tools.

Have other great tool recommendations for gardening and farming? Let us know in the comments so we can share!

 

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Homestead Blessings Real Food Pack – Gardening, Herbs, and Canning

 

 

 

The Ultimate Compost Turner (Yes, it's a Power Tool!)

 

fresh compost

Composting.  It's one of the most wonderful and mysterious processes in God's creation.  A sign of our mortality and yet a giver of life.  The deep thoughts could continue for a while, but you want to know about power tools, right?

So if you've ever used the traditional method of turning compost with a garden fork, you were one of the fastest to click through on this post, because you know what difficult, back-breaking work it is, and how ineffective it can be (unless your pile is rather shallow).  I've got good news!  Save the fork for turning soil in the garden.

Garden auger AKA Yard Butler

Enter… the Garden Auger!  This simple attachment (AKA the "Yard Butler") is a 2-3 foot long rod with an auger screw on the end that fits most 3/8" or larger electric drills.  While it is ostensibly designed for digging holes for planting bulbs or spot tilling around plants, I think that it's most powerful application is for turning compost.

Garden auger on drill

Rather than using your arms for leverage to lift heavy wet organic material, let the beauty of a strong cordless drill with a garden auger attached do a better job of mixing your compost with much less work.  Not only will it be easier, but it will mix between layers of compost in a way probably unattainable by any other method.

Garden auger compost turning

Important to note: the resistance of the compost material will create a high-torque rotation that you will have to counter, so I highly recommend using a drill with a second handle attachment to gain the leverage needed to keep the beast in line.

If you're not already convinced about the supremacy of this Tantalizing Tool of Torque for Turning your compost, consider this: I was able to mix two compost bins in about 10-15 minutes total.  Turning by hand with a garden fork would take at least twice and long and wouldn't do half the job in terms of quality.

So what are you waiting for? Order your garden auger today!  While you're at it, order an extra one or two to give as gifts – it's some of the best money you can spend in garden tools.

Have other great tool recommendations for gardening and farming? Let us know in the comments so we can share!

 

You Might Like:

Homestead Blessings Real Food Pack

 

 

Homestead Blessings Real Food Pack – Gardening, Herbs, and Canning